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2nd International Conference on Drylands: Agricultural Diversification - Panacea To Food Insecurity In Drylands, Bayero University, Kano, Centre For Dryland Agriculture

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Fri, 2016-12-23 10:09

Prof. Jesse T. Njoka and Dr. Koech Oscar,of the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), and African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) attended the 2nd International conference on drylands organized by the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), Bayero University, Nigeria, Kano (BUK).

CDA is one of the foremost Africa Centres of Excellence as identified and funded by the World Bank and the Association of African Universities (AAU). The Conference offers an opportune time to renew contacts and discuss agricultural developments in drylands across different parts of the world.

The conference is one the outreach activities of CDA that provides a platform for researchers and other stakeholders working in the drylands to showcase their research output, share experiences, and form networks with peers working in areas of common interest. The theme of this year conference was, “Agricultural diversification – Panacea to Food Insecurity in Drylands”, Diversification and innovation were noted as critical components that are required to address the multitude of problems in the drylands related to constraints to sustainable intensification of farming systems; constraints to sustainable management of natural resources in the face of changing climate; constraints to accessibility & efficiency of markets; and policy constraints.

The CDA supports postgraduate programmes (MSc and PhD degrees) in academic departments of Bayero University (Agricultural Economics and Extension; Agronomy; Animal Science, and Geography), leading to degrees with specialization in Livelihoods and Natural Resource Economics, Crops and Cropping Systems in Drylands, Range and Livestock Management in Drylands, and Natural Resources Management and Climate Change. The Centre also runs a Postgraduate Diploma programme in Dryland Agriculture.

There exists MoU between UoN and CDA, BUK targeting the following areas of collaboration, post graduate training, co-teaching, collaborative research, staff and students exchange and training, and funds mobilization. A meeting held between UoN and CDA after the workshop agreed to strengthen the collaboration and develop more vibrant activities between the two institutions. It was applauded that already UoN is contribution to CDA staff development by hosting two PhD students in their last stages of completion.

Dr. Koech and Prof. Njoka presented two papers during the conference, see below abstracts.

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Mon, 2019-12-30 10:09
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Dr Oscar Koech

Challenges Facing Pasture Production and Use in the Northern Rangelands of Kenya A Case Study of Marsabit County.pdf84.63 KB
Effect of stage of maturity, curing and storage methods on the quality of hay from six indigenous grass species of Kenyan rangelands.pdf321.25 KB

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